Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia Blue Opal
Magnolia Blue Opal
An extraordinary colour! Flower buds are green, later tinged slate blue, opening to yellow flowers, with mixture of white and green. Very hardy, and eventually forms a big plant. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£61.95
Magnolia Fairy Cream
Magnolia Fairy Cream
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of cream flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
£37.95

Magnolia Fairy White
Magnolia Fairy White
Raised by the New Zealand breeder Mark Jury (who also brought us Magnolia Black Tulip), this wonderful new magnolia produces an abundance of white flowers along the length of its stems in spring. Unlike many of the other spring-flowering types, the foliage of this magnolia is mainly evergreen, although it may shed its leaves in colder winters. It makes a fine stand-alone specimen, especially in smaller...
£37.95
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
(H4) White, lightly scented flowers in the summer on a compact tree of columnar habit. Glossy leaves with a deep brown felt on the underside. Best in full sun. Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Requires moist acid soil. Height 200-400cm in 10 years.
£24.95

Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Mini Mouse'
Recently reclassified from Michaelia to Magnolia, this low growing plant has brown buds opening to white globes and then white petals with yellow stamens when fully open. April-May flowering. Height 100-125cm in 10 years. Only recommended for milder regions of the country.
£21.95
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'  AGM
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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' AGM
Dark purple buds open to dark red purple flowers, paler inside, in late April to May. A slow growing, multi stemmed shrub. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£21.95

Magnolia March till frost
Magnolia March till frost
NEW! Attractive vivid purple buds open to pink flowers from March until September. The flowers are pale pink at first getting darker throughout the season. Nice glossy foliage. Candle-like seed pods held vertically on the plant. Grows into a tall upright branched tree. Height 5m x 5m. A must-have for any garden! Recommended for continuous flowers throughout the season! Easy to grow. Ideal...
£61.95
Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
£29.95

Magnolia Serene
Magnolia Serene
This lovely deciduous plant has distinctive, large bowl-shaped bright rose-coloured flowers in April. It has an upright pyramidal growing habit and good deep green summer foliage and as a bonus sometimes flowers again in the summer. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. Felix Jury of North Taranaki, New Zealand, was a well respected camellia breeder...
£29.95
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Large tulip shaped pure white flowers with a rose-purple basal blotch. April-May flowering. Tolerates neutral clay soils. Forms a large shrub with wide spreading stems. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acid soils. Goblet shaped buds flushed with purple-red emerge into large, fragrant, pure white flowers on bare branches, Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’ forms a magnificent...
£39.95

Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
from £34.95
Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'  AGM
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Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' AGM
A selected form of Magnolia stellata with large pure white star-shaped scented flowers March and April. A slow growing shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Protect from late spring frosts when young.
£19.95

Magnolia Theodora
Magnolia Theodora
One of the darkest pink soulangeana magnolias, with flowers that grade beautifully from darkest rich purple to pale pink. Upright habit, and flowering quite early for its type. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on sheltered acid soils. Magnolia expert Maurice Foster raised this plant and named it after his granddaughter. It is a hybrid of M. ‘Dark Shadow’ x M. campbellii mollicomata...
£29.95
Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
£19.95

Magnolia x proctorianaMagnolia x proctoriana
Magnolia x proctoriana
(H5 ) Pretty white flowers up to 10cm long appear during mid to late April, opening before the leaves on this deciduous plant. Slightly fragrant, it forms a broad spreading large shrub or small tree. Young leaves are a coppery green colour and are scented when crushed. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia proctoriana is a selected seedling from Magnolia salicifolia raised by T. R. Proctor and...
£19.95